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Fredrick R. Thorsby
Fredrick R. Thorsby – Supervisor

Charter Township Supervisor's Responsibilities

The supervisor is frequently the first official contacted about any township business and is frequently perceived as the township spokesperson. The authority of the supervisor, however, is limited to that provided by statute or delegated by the township board. The supervisor may appoint a deputy.

Meeting Responsibilities

When present, the supervisor is the moderator of any township meeting, and has the right and duty to regulate the proceedings of any meeting, including deciding questions of order, making declaration of votes cast, granting authority to persons to speak at the meeting and silencing those who may be out of order or disrupting the meeting and calling special meetings.
As a member of the township board, the supervisor should vote on all issues upon which a vote is required, unless there is a conflict of interest or some proper legal reason for abstaining. According to the oath of office, the supervisor is required to support the U.S. and Michigan Constitutions and "faithfully discharge the duties of the office of supervisor according to the best of my ability." The supervisor may call special meetings of the township board that otherwise can only be called by a written request of two of the township board members or by a majority vote at a previous meeting.

Fiscal Responsibilities

The supervisor is the township's agent for transacting all legal business, upon whom suits may be brought and defended and upon whom all process against the township is served.  If authorized by the township board, the supervisor may appoint someone to assist in performing official duties and provide compensation as the township board may determine. The supervisor is the chief assessing officer of the township, responsible for assessing property values within the township at 50 percent of its true cash value (MCL 41.61). Even if s/he is not a certified assessor, s/he is still responsible for this duty.
In addition to statutory duties and responsibilities, the supervisor is frequently delegated additional functions and duties by the township board. The supervisor may be paid extra compensation for non-statutory duties provided the sum is established before the duty is performed.
To see that all laws and township ordinances are enforced;
  1. To manage and supervise all public improvements, works and undertakings of the township
  2. To have charge of the construction, repair, maintenance, lighting and cleaning of streets, sidewalks, bridges, pavements, sewers, and all public buildings or other property belonging to the township;
  3. To manage and supervise the operation of all township utilities;
  4. To be responsible for the preservation of property, tools and appliances of the township;
  5. To see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the township or its inhabitants in any public utility franchise or in any contract are faithfully kept and performed;
  6. To attend all township board meetings with the right of the superintendent to discuss issues, but not vote;
  7. To be an ex-officio member of all committees of the township board;
  8. To prepare and administer the annual budget under policies formulated by the township board and keep the board fully advised at all times as to the financial condition and needs of the township;
  9. To recommend to the township board for adoption such measures as s/he may deem necessary or expedient;
  10. To be responsible to the township board for the efficient administration of all departments of the township government;
  11. To act as the purchasing agent for the township or, under his responsibility, delegate such duties to some other officer or employee;
  12. To conduct all sales of personal property that the township board may authorize to be sold;
  13. To assume all the duties and responsibilities as personnel director of all township employees or delegate such duties to some other officer or employee, and
  14. To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this act or required by ordinance or by direction of the township board or which are not assigned to some other official in conformity with the provisions of this act (MCL 42.10, etc.).